including 343 new york city firefighters. there was no direct mention during the ceremonies ofhe controversy involving the islamic center proposal a few blocks from here. during the ceremony, vice president joeo biden attended, along with his wife, jill, and they placed a flower in the t reflective pool, walking there along with the governors of new york and new jersey and new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who along with family members, reflected on the deep, poignant meaning of this day. >> i want to thank each man, woman and child, both the families and the workers who have helped us today. it's in your hearts and safe keeping that not only our paths is written, but our future. for while the heart still aches, tomorrow arrives and we must go to meet it. >> my son, my hero in heaven, lieutenant david y haldeman.